How to Buy a Used Car in Perth
Recently we shared our tips for selling a used car in Perth, and now we have compiled some useful information for those who are looking to buy second hand. Unlike a brand new vehicle, something used may have a few issues. If this is the case, an auto wrecker may be able to supply and fit replacement parts, without turning your bargain into a money pit.
Before you hand over your hard earned cash on the wheels you have your eye on, make sure you read the following:
The Car You Want
If you aren’t in a rush, take some time to determine which type of car will best suit your needs. For example, you may already have a favourite brand, make and model in mind. If you are unsure, think about size, seats, transmission and fuel type.
Money, Money, Money
This can be a tricky one, as your budget can quickly disappear when you find a car you want that is slightly out of reach. Try not to stretch your dollars past your limit, because there will be another vehicle just around the corner…that won’t break the bank. If you need finance, try to secure this before you begin shopping to ensure you aren’t disappointed. Don’t forget there will be additional expenses such as transfer fees which will be added on top.
Do your research and understand the value of the car you are looking at. There is no RRP (recommended retail price) for second hand cars, but you can check what similar models have sold for in your area.
Where to Buy From
Dealers, car yards, auctions or private sales are all options you may like to look into. When you buy from a dealer or car yard, you will have the opportunity to get a warranty, cooling off period and trade in. However, the cost is often reflective of this with the extras included in the final price.
Auctions are usually great for a bargain; however, you really don’t know what you are getting because there are generally no test drives before purchasing. This option is best for those who are mechanically minded.
Private sales are common, and you should always give the vehicle a test drive before purchasing. There is some uncertainty as history can be hard to prove, but that is the chance you take with second hand.
Look at it With a Magnifying Glass
Check the number plate, VIN number and engine details and make sure there is no finance owing. If you can, we recommend having a mechanic look over the car prior to purchase. At the very least you should:
- Check the logbook for details of regular services
- Check tyres for uneven wear, including the spare
- Lift the bonnet to see if it is clean, no leaks
- View the interior for rips or tears
- Take it for a test drive and listen for unusual noises
- Check all the doors and windows are in working condition
- Know how many kms it has done
Make sure you look carefully at the condition of the body as this will give you an indication of how it has been treated. If you are looking to purchase a used car in Perth, you may be wondering what to do with your old one. Did you know an auto wrecker could buy your parts for scrap?
Contact us today for more information on buying or selling used car parts!